Provisional votes change outcome of North Ogden race

Nov 9 2013 - 11:50pm

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Brian Russell
James Urry
Brian Russell
James Urry

NORTH OGDEN  -- Brian Russell is out and James Urry is in.  The two candidates switched places in their North Ogden city council race Saturday after provisional and absentee ballots were counted.  

With all votes in, Urry beat Russell, 2,048 votes to 2,008.  Before the provisional and absentee counts, Russell was leading Urry by 11 votes. 

The additional votes also boosted the city's election turnout to 42 percent. 

Mayor-elect Brent Taylor's vote was extended a bit with 2,384 votes to his opponent Wade Bigler's 1,799. 

City Manager Ron Chandler said he didn't know if there would be a recount at this point, but Russell said Saturday night he wouldn't be asking for one. City Recorder Annette Spendlove told him the vote spread was great enough that one wasn't required, and after he asked her some questions about how the votes were tallied he feels confident that the numbers are good and everything was conducted properly.

 "I have 100 percent confidence in Annette and in the poll workers here in North Ogden," Russell said in phone interview. He said he has complete confidence in the two newly elected city council members, Lynn Satterthwaite and Urry.  "I wish them the best," he said. 

Russell isn't sure how politically involved he will be now. He would still like to volunteer in different ways in the city.  "I don't want to be a thorn in their side," he said. 

Urry said he was very surprised that the vote came back his way.  Urry served on the city council for nine years in the late 1980s and early '90s.  He said the city has changed a great deal since then but is excited to serve with the different challenges the city is facing.  He only put two signs out the last time he ran and put out 150 in this election.

He also said he is looking forward to serving with mayor-elect Taylor.  "He is a good man," Urry said.  Although he endorsed Bigler, he feels confident Taylor will do a good job.  "They are both good men.  They just go about differently politically," Urry said.  

 The new outcome creates an interesting situation for Taylor because now all five council members (including the two newly elected) endorsed Bigler for mayor. Saturday night, Taylor admitted the situation was "very unique" and that he was probably the first mayor who will have a council that supported a different mayoral candidate. 

"The election is over and we are starting fresh and I trust that's their perspective," Taylor said. "It doesn't matter who supported who."

The official canvass of the election will happen Tuesday.

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